MAIT Investigation

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
- Major Accident Investigation Team

Adam Garabrant (Suspect – Arrested)
DOB: 08/04/1962
Address: 11148 Freedom Way, Seminole
Charge: Leaving the scene of a crash involving death
Vehicle: 2014 Red Chevrolet Camaro

Thomas Rothwell (Pedestrian – Deceased)
DOB: 02/21/1951

PINELLAS COUNTY – On Thursday, December 15, 2022, at approximately 7:30 a.m., deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team arrested 60-year-old Adam Garabrant and charged him with one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

According to investigators, on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at approximately 12:49 a.m., deputies responded to the intersection of Park Boulevard and Starkey Road in Seminole for a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. (See News Release 21-137).

According to investigators, 54-year-old Francine Mashtare was arrested and charged with DUI Manslaughter on the night of the crash. The initial investigation indicated that Mashtare was driving westbound on Park Boulevard approaching Starkey Road, in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro when she struck 70-year-old Thomas Rothwell, who was crossing Park Boulevard northbound in the area of a designated crosswalk. Rothwell was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Throughout the course of the investigation, investigators learned that Mashtare was the passenger of the vehicle the night of the crash, and the driver was Garabrant.

According to investigators, Garabrant admitted to the owner of the bar Liquid Therapy that he was the driver and should have been arrested.

Garabrant was transported to the Pinellas County Jail.

Mashtare’s DUI Manslaughter Charge will be amended to a DUI.

The investigation continues.

Posted by Verliz Williams Friday, December 16, 2022 4:56:00 PM Categories: Jail Vehicle Crashes

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